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Penny  Sakamoto Publisher
Penny Sakamoto
1-250-480-3204
Penny Sakamoto is group publisher for Black Press-Greater Victoria, leading a team of about 65 staff and approximately 1,200 newspaper carriers. She graduated from journalism school in Winnipeg and has spent her career in the newspaper business in Canada and the U.S. She served as president of the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association and on the board of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. In 2008, Sakamoto was awarded the Silver Quill Award for more than 25 years of distinguished service to the industry. Sakamoto works out of the Broughton Street office in downtown Victoria.
     
Oliver  Sommer Director of Sales
Oliver Sommer
1-250-480-3274
     
Bruce  Hogarth Director of Circulation
Bruce Hogarth
250-360-0817
Bruce Hogarth has spent 25 years in the newspaper business and has extensive community newspaper experience. Most recently he worked for six years for the Vancouver Sun and Province before relocating to take the position as director of circulation for Black Press Greater Victoria. The native of Vancouver enjoys photography and tennis in his spare time.
     
Reporter
Christine van Reeuwyk
     
Kevin  Laird Editorial Director
Kevin Laird
381-3484
Kevin Laird has been editorial director for Black Press-Greater Victoria and editor of the Victoria News since September 2007. Previous to that he was editor of the Nanaimo News Bulletin and worked at community and daily newspapers in Alberta and B.C. Kevin and the newsroom staff he has led have won numerous national, provincial and regional awards. He's been in the newspaper business since 1981 and has a degree in journalism.
     
Charla  Huber Reporter
Charla Huber
250-478-9552 ext. 241
Charla Huber is an awarding winning journalist and photographer. She has had both her writing and photography published in various newspapers and magazines in Canada and the United States.
     
Kyle  Wells Reporter
Kyle Wells
Kyle Wells was raised in Chemainus and is a graduate of the University of King's College journalism program. He has been working as a reporter for just over two years. He has been with the Goldstream News Gazette since February 2012.

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